WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Aug. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SPAR Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGRP), a leading supplier of retail merchandising, business technology and other marketing services in 10 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Highlights for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2018, as compared to the same periods in the prior year include:

-- Revenue for the second quarter of 2018 increased $16.5 million, or 39 percent, to $59.2 million. International operations contributed to $8.6 million of the increase. Domestic operations contributed $7.9 million to year-over-year revenue growth. -- Revenue for the six-month period ending June 30, 2018 increased $31.2 million, or 38 percent, to $113.8 million. International operations contributed to $16.3 of the increase. Domestic operations contributed $14.9 million to year-over-year revenue growth. -- During the second quarter, the Company recorded one-time charges totaling approximately $2.0 million: $1.3 million for a settlement respecting related party labor litigation and $675,000 due to the uncertainty of collection against unsecured advances to related parties. -- Operating loss for the second quarter was $(1.2 million), a $2.2 million difference versus operating income of $971,000 during the same period last year. Excluding these one-time charges, operating income decreased $192,000 year over year, led by a decrease in profitability from domestic operations. -- Operating loss for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018 was $(506,000), a $1.9 million difference versus operating income of $1.5 million during the same period of 2017. -- Net loss attributable to SPAR Group for the second quarter of 2018 was $1.8 million or $(0.09) per share; compared to net income of $343,000 or $0.02 per diluted share, during the second quarter of 2017. -- Net loss attributable to SPAR Group for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was $1.6 million, or $ (0.08) per share; compared to a net income of $99,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the same period in 2017.

Financial Results by Geography (in 000's, except per share data) Three Months Ended June 30, % Six Months Ended June % 30, Revenue: 2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change ------------------ - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - International $ 37,668 $ 29,037 29.7 % $ 73,878 $ 57,602 28.3 % Domestic 21,556 13,685 57.5 % 39,925 25,006 59.7 % - ------ - Total $ 59,224 $ 42,722 38.6 % $ 113,803 $ 82,608 37.8 % ------------------ - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Three Months Ended June 30, % Six Months Ended June % 30, Operating Income: 2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change ------------------ - --------- - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - International $ 663 $ 679 (2.4 %) $ 1,713 $ 1,098 56.0 % Domestic (1,900 ) 292 (2,219 ) 357 ------------------ - ------ - - ------ - Total $ (1,237 ) $ 971 $ (506 ) $ 1,455 ------------------ - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, Net (loss) income: 2018 2017 2018 2017 ------------------ - --------- - ------ - - --------- - ------ - International $ (32 ) $ (205 ) $ 355 $ (189 ) Domestic (1,731 ) 548 (1,993 ) 288 - - ------- - - ------ - Total $ (1,763 ) $ 343 $ (1,638 ) $ 99 ------------------ - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Earnings Per Basic and Diluted share: - - ------ - $ (0.09 ) $ 0.02 $ (0.08 ) $ 0.00 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ -

We had solid top line growth from both domestic and international businesses. Domestic growth was driven by the acquisition of Resource Plus, which has been a solid contributor and is creating some cross-selling opportunities. In addition, our international business saw strong organic growth in all international countries except Australia,” said Chief Executive Officer, Christiaan Olivier. “We continue to face headwinds domestically due to store closures of certain retail customers, as well as cost pressures from a tight labor market. However, we see opportunities for organic growth both domestically and internationally, which we expect will help to partially offset near-term factors affecting profitability.”

Gross Margin Profile by Geography Three Months Basis Six Months Basis Ended June 30, Point Ended June 30, Point 2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change ------------- ---- -- ---- - ---- -- ---- - International 14.6 % 17.5 % (289) 14.8 % 17.3 % (249) Domestic 23.0 % 28.3 % (558) 23.1 % 28.1 % (513) Total 17.6 % 21.0 % (342) 17.8 % 20.6 % (290) ------------- ---- -- ---- - ---- -- ---- - Operating Income as a % of Sales Three Months Basis Six Months Basis Ended June 30, Point Ended June 30, Point 2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change ------------- ---- -- ---- - ---- -- ---- - International 1.8 % 2.3 % (58) 2.3 % 1.9 % 41 Domestic (8.8 %) 2.1 % (1,095) (5.6 %) 1.4 % (699) Total (2.1 %) 2.3 % (436) (0.4 %) 1.8 % (221) ------------- ---- -- ---- - ---- -- ---- -

International gross profit margin for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2018 were 14.6% and 14.8%, compared to 17.5% and 17.3%, respectively, for the same periods in 2017. The international subsidiaries have been experiencing gross margin pressure compared to the same period last year, primarily in Brazil.

Domestic gross profit margin for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2018, were 23.0% and 23.1%, compared to 28.3% and 28.1%, respectively, for the same periods in 2017. The decrease in total year domestic gross profit margin was primarily due to an increase in lower margin project work compared to the same period last year.

Balance Sheet as of June 30, 2018

As of June 30, 2018, cash and cash equivalents totaled $5.8 million. Working capital was $23.8 million and current ratio was 1.7 to 1. Total current assets and total assets were $56.1 million and $70.5 million, respectively. Total current liabilities and total liabilities were $32.3 million and $44.0 million, and total equity was $26.5 million as of June 30, 2018.

About SPAR Group

SPAR Group, Inc. is a diversified international merchandising and marketing services Company and provides a broad array of services worldwide to help companies improve their sales, operating efficiency and profits at retail locations. The Company provides merchandising and other marketing services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers worldwide and coordinates the operations through the use of multi-lingual proprietary technology which drives the logistics, communication and reporting for global operations and customers. SPAR works primarily in mass merchandiser, office supply, value, grocery, drug, independent, convenience, toy, home improvement and electronics stores, as well as providing furniture and other product assembly services, audit services, in-store events, technology services and marketing research. The Company has supplied these project and product services in the United States since certain of its predecessors were formed in 1979 and internationally since the Company acquired its first international subsidiary in Japan in May of 2001. Product services include restocking and adding new products, removing spoiled or outdated products, resetting categories "on the shelf" in accordance with client or store schematics, confirming and replacing shelf tags, setting new sale or promotional product displays and advertising, replenishing kiosks, providing in-store event staffing and providing assembly services in stores, homes and offices. Audit services include price audits, point of sale audits, out of stock audits, intercept surveys and planogram audits. Other merchandising services include whole store or departmental product sets or resets (including new store openings), new product launches, in-store demonstrations, special seasonal or promotional merchandising, focused product support and product recalls. The Company currently does business in ten countries that encompass approximately 50% of the total world population through its operations in the United States, Canada, Japan, South Africa, India, China, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Turkey. For more information, please visit the SPAR Group's website at http://www.sparinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Press Release contains and the above referenced recorded comments will contain "forward-looking statements" made by SPAR Group, Inc. ("SGRP", and together with its subsidiaries, the "SPAR Group" or the "Company"), will be filed shortly in a Current Report on Form 8-K by SGRP with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). There also are "forward looking statements" contained in SGRP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 (the "Annual Report"), which was filed by SGRP with the SEC on April 2, 2018, and SGRP's definitive Proxy Statement respecting its Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on or about May 2, 2017 (the "Proxy Statement"), which SGRP filed with the SEC on April 18, 2018, and SGRP's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other reports and statements as and when filed with the SEC (including the Annual Report and the Proxy Statement, each a "SEC Report"). "Forward-looking statements" are defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and other applicable federal and state securities laws, rules and regulations, as amended (together with the Securities Act and Exchange Act, collectively, "Securities Laws").

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SPAR Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of (Loss) Income and Comprehensive Income (Loss) (In thousands, except share and per share data) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, --------------------- ---------------------- 2018 2017 2018 2017 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - 59,224 42,722 113,803 82,608 Net revenues $ $ $ $ Cost of revenues 48,759 33,765 93,608 65,604 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Gross profit 10,465 8,957 20,195 17,004 Selling, general and administrative expenses 9,196 7,452 17,654 14,510 Settlement and other charges 1,975 - 1,975 - Depreciation and amortization 531 534 1,072 1,039 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Operating (loss) income (1,237 ) 971 (506 ) 1,455 Interest expense 354 54 553 7 Other (income), net (232 ) (135 ) (304 ) (197 ) - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - (Loss) income before income tax expense (1,359 ) 1,052 (755 ) 1,645 Income tax expense (262 ) 278 (84 ) 697 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Net (loss) income (1,097 ) 774 (671 ) 948 Net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interest (666 ) (431 ) (967 ) (849 ) - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Net (loss) income attributable to SPAR Group, Inc. $ (1,763 ) $ 343 $ (1,638 ) $ 99 - ------- - - ------ - (0.09 ) 0.02 (0.08 ) 0.00 Basic net (loss) income per common share: $ $ $ $ - ------- - - ------ - (0.09 ) 0.02 (0.08 ) 0.00 Diluted net (loss) income per common share: $ $ $ $ - ------- - - ------ - Weighted average common shares – basic 20,649 20,647 20,649 20,648 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Weighted average common shares – diluted 21,649 21,312 21,649 21,336 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Net (loss) income $ (1,097 ) $ 774 $ (671 ) $ 948 Other comprehensive income (loss): Foreign currency translation adjustments (650 ) 578 (680 ) 742 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Comprehensive income (loss) (1,747 ) 1,352 (1,351 ) 1,690 Comprehensive loss (income) attributable to non-controlling (391 ) (689 ) (662 ) (1,205 ) interest - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to SPAR Group, Inc. $ (2,138 ) $ 633 $ (2,013 ) $ 485 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------ -

SPAR Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands, except share and per share data) June 30, December 31, 2018 2017 ---------- - ------------ - Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,836 $ 8,827 Accounts receivable, net 47,546 35,964 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,706 2,031 - ------ - - ------------ - Total current assets 56,088 46,822 2,894 2,712 Property and equipment, net Goodwill 3,215 1,836 Intangible assets, net 3,599 1,634 Deferred income taxes 2,960 3,055 Other assets 1,733 1,929 - ------ - - ------------ - Total assets $ 70,489 $ 57,988 - ------ - - ------------ - Liabilities and equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 8,621 $ 7,341 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 14,615 13,581 Due to affiliates 4,811 3,026 Customer incentives and deposits 687 1,539 Lines of credit and short-term loans 3,581 6,839 - ------ - - ------------ - Total current liabilities 32,315 32,326 Long-term debt and other liabilities 11,723 107 - ------ - - ------------ - Total liabilities 44,038 32,433 Equity: SPAR Group, Inc. equity Preferred stock, $.01 par value: Authorized and available shares– 2,445,598 Issued and outstanding shares– None – June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017 – – Common stock, $.01 par value: Authorized shares – 47,000,000 Issued shares – 207 207 20,680,717 – June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017 Treasury stock, at cost 30,013 shares – June 30, 2018 and 104,398 shares – December 31, 2017 (33 ) (115 ) Additional paid-in capital 16,253 16,271 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,065 ) (1,690 ) Retained earnings 3,325 4,977 - ------ - - ------------ - Total SPAR Group, Inc. equity 17,687 19,650 Non-controlling interest 8,764 5,905 - ------ - - ------------ - Total equity 26,451 25,555 - ------ - - ------------ - Total liabilities and equity $ 70,489 $ 57,988 - ------ - - ------------ -

Company Contact: James R. Segreto Chief Financial Officer SPAR Group, Inc. (914) 332-4100 Investor Contact: Dave Mossberg Three Part Advisors (817) 310-0051